Category Archives: Default settings

Impotence in the face of complexity?

As a service to my readers at the end of this blog I reproduce the full text of s.230 of the Communications Decency Act, 1996 (CDA). All the bold and italics have been put there by me for emphasis. Count … Continue reading

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More on moderation – and car number plates

Turns out there is already a legal action underway concerning the position of moderators. It is being brought against Microsoft by two ex-employees. It will be interesting to see how the case pans out. Microsoft has almost always been a leader … Continue reading

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Looks like 13 for the UK

Yesterday the British government announced its intention to bring a Bill to Parliament to enact the provisions of the GDPR, thereby embedding them in UK law. Brexit? What Brexit? The story led the news throughout the day. There is no … Continue reading

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More warnings about the Internet of Toys

On Monday the Financial Times carried a report of a new warning from the FBI about the dangers to children and young people arising from Smart toys made by a slew of companies …increasingly incorporating technologies that learn and tailor … Continue reading

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Austria adopts 14 for GDPR minimum age

Austria adopts GDPR law.  Last week they chose 14 as the minimum age for data consent. Italy may also go for 14 so as to ensure consistency with a new national law on bullying. Ditto Estonia. They are actively considering … Continue reading

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The GDPR – still huge uncertainties

Courtesy of European Schoolnet, Ghent University and KU Leuven,   a great many leading experts from the privacy world and the children’s world gathered last Friday in Brussels for the first open and serious EU-wide discussion on the implications of … Continue reading

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A trusted internet?

A joint blog from John Carr and Dr. Mike Short The dominant technology The Internet has become the dominant technology of the 21st century. There are now over 3 billion users worldwide and a vast array of services. The huge expansion … Continue reading

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